Maybe you were one of the lucky recipients of a brand new Apple Watch this holiday season. That wouldn't be that big of a stretch considering that they were on sale for ridiculous prices, and because Apple has sold an extraordinary number of its Series 5 and Series 3 smartwatches.
While you're getting familiar with your new time piece, here are ten things you probably didn't know you could do with your Apple Watch:
1. Reverse The Display and Crown
You may already have known you could do this, but you might not have known how useful it really is. In fact, I shared five reasons you should wear your Apple watch upside down last summer, the biggest being that it puts the crown in a much more convenient location that won't accidently turn up your volume or activate Siri.
2. Control Your Apple TV
We have four young children, which means that things end up missing. Especially the small remotes that Apple ships with the Apple TV. The good news is, if you ever find yourself in a pinch, your Apple Watch has an app for that. Just open the Remote app on your Apple Watch and you can swipe your way to your favorite Netflix or Disney+ film.
3. Set Your Watch Ahead
When I wore an analog watch, I always had it set a few minutes fast. It just made more sense to my brain, and it helped me get places on time. Now, you can do the same on your Apple Watch. Just go to the settings app on the watch, select "Clock" and scroll the digital crown to adjust the time shown up to 59 minutes.
4. Share Your Location via iMessage
The Apple Watch isn't the best for sending messages, but if you've ever tried to let a friend or your spouse know where to meet you, the good news is that your watch makes it easy. From the iMessage conversation, simply force touch the display and then select the pin option to send your location. They'll receive a message with your location on a map. It'll even given them directions to your location.
5. Set a Reminder for When You Get Home
I've made no secret of my belief that Siri and the Reminders app are the best productivity combination on the iPhone, and the same is true with your watch. Simply raise the watch up, and say something like "Hey Siri, remind me to feed the dog when I get home." She will.
6. Find Your iPhone
Let's face it, the only reason some of us don't lose our watch is because it's on our wrist Everything else is fair game--especially our iPhones. Fortunately, if you have an Apple Watch, you can 'ping' your iPhone and it will make a tone, helping you figure out which couch you dropped it in. Just swipe up from the bottom of the watch face and tap the iPhone icon.
7. Identify Background Music
Sure, Shazam is great, but honestly, who needs it? Siri can do the same on your Apple Watch, just by raising your watch and asking her "Hey Siri, what song is this?" Actually, Apple bought Shazam and baked it into iOS, meaning you can get the same result without a separate app. By the way, it'll also automatically add them to your Shazam library so you can go back later and remember your favorites.
8. Unlock Your Mac
It's pretty slick to wake up my MacBook Pro and have it unlock automatically with my Apple Watch. No password or TouchID necessary. Well, technically, you have to make sure you've unlocked your Watch, and your MacBook has to have been unlocked once with your password since it started up. After that, it's just sit down and get to work.
9. Take a Photo on Your iPhone
Selfies are great, but sometimes you need a little more room to fit everyone in. In that case, you probably set your iPhone somewhere with the timer set. That's great, but there's an even better option with your Apple Watch. Just open the Camera app on your Watch, which opens the same on your iPhone.
It'll give you a live preview, and allow you to either hit the shutter, or set a three-second timer, which is the perfect amount of time to let your arm fall back to your side and take the perfect photo. You can even review it right on your watch.
10. Setup the Dock with Your Favorites
You can access the dock on your Watch by pressing the side button (not to be confused with the digital crown). When you do, it'll either pull up your recently used apps, or you can choose to have it pull up a list of favorites. To make the change, open the Watch app on your iPhone, select "Dock" and choose "Favorites." You can then edit the list of apps that appear, which is a really useful way to have quick access to the ones you use most.